3 Big Booze Events Happening in San Francisco: Bay Area Brew Fest, Rum Fest & Brewchella

For those that have a true appreciation for quality beer and spirits, these events are for you! For beer aficionados, there is the expansive Bay Area Brew Fest, as well as Brewchella, a new kid to the beer fest scene. And for pirates and rum fans, the Rum Fest is also returning with new cocktail concoctions in tow.   

Kick back, relax and bottom’s up!

6th Annual Bay Area Brew Fest

Gather bayside this month for a chance to taste a boatload of beers. Hundreds of beer varieties are expected to be available and the food trucks will be close at hand. Admission includes unlimited beer samplings, with VIP attendees getting an extra hour of admission and some specialty beers poured during the first hour. Keep in mind that tickets will not be sold at the door and are only valid for one of the two sessions. Session One is 12-4pm and Session Two: 5:30-8:30pm. Noon entry for VIP access and 1pm for general admission.

Saturday, August 19 from 12-4pm and 5:30-8:30pm
Pier 35 (1454 The Embarcadero), Tickets: $45-$60

3rd Annual California Rum Festival

Last year more than 20 Rum brands participated in Rum Fest with over 600 people attending the event. The event is divided into a couple options: the first event is more for professionals in the biz and the other two are more for the casual attendee.

Day #1 will hold two sessions, the first is a Spirit Industry session, which is a 2-hour program for industry professionals to network with brand representatives, attend training seminars, taste a wide variety of rums, and mingle with industry colleagues. The second session is the Rum Aficionado Grand Tasting “General Admission.” This 4-hour program offers attendees the opportunity to taste a variety of rum samplings and attend brand seminars.

Day #2 will be The Rum Bazaar, a 5-hour event filled with tropical rum cocktails. These cocktail creations will be made by of San Francisco’s best bartenders and with rum from participating brands. There will also be arts & crafts by local vendors and retro surf music. This event is a $10 cover and then you can purchase drink tickets as you go.

Friday, September 8 at 2pm, and Saturday, September 9 at 5pm
SOMArts (934 Brannan St.), Tickets: $10-$130


1st Annual Brewchella

Brewchella is a new event for beer lovers. Over 20 local Bay Area breweries are scheduled for this one-day event and the tickets will include unlimited pours of more than 40 types of beer. Also, on-site will be tasty food trucks, local food samplings, and live entertainment.

Saturday, September 30 from 5-9pm
SOMA StrEat Food Park (428 11th Street), Tickets: $35-$50

Written by Carlos Olin Montalvo

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